Not for nothing, but Gerard Butler keeps right on churning out better-than-average action flicks like he wants to be the next Bruce Willis. This one finds Butler as Brodie Torrance, the pilot of a commercial plane that has to make an emergency landing in the South Pacific, only to find it’s on a war-torn island run by gun-toting bad guys. Naturally, Torrance has to channel his inner John McClane and get everyone out safely, but what might have been a run-of-the-mill shoot-’em-up flick actually surprises, thanks not only to Butler’s charisma but a rock-solid script by spy novelist (and first-time screenwriter) Charles Cumming.

3.5/5 stars